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From deer and dogs to rats and mink, COVID-19 has spread to the animal world

As SARS-CoV-2 spreads through some animal populations, animals may create a feedback loop as they re-infect humans

For six months out of the year, Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema has a very diverse and unusual roster of patients. The assistant professor of zoological medicine at University of California, Davis provides clinical work for hundreds and hundreds of animals at the Sacramento Zoo, from lions and giraffes to poison dart frogs and two-toed sloths. It doesn't take long to intuit that she cares very deeply for each animal, which is why she was concerned when a meerkat became very sick during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The meerkat presented with bloody nasal discharge coming out of its face and was in respiratory distress," Gjeltema recalled. "It was just at the start of the pandemic, when we were getting significant amounts of community spread in our local area, and I was very concerned because we didn't know as much as we do now about how the virus behaves in humans, much less all of the animals that were in our collection."

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Almost All of The World's Coal Is Now 'Unextractable', Scientists Warn

The vast majority of the world's fossil fuels are effectively "unextractable" and must remain in the ground if we want even half a chance at meeting our climate goals, according to a new study.

For nations like Indonesia and Australia, the world's leading exporters in coal, that will require abandoning 95 percent of their natural deposits come 2050, researchers at University College London have calculated.

In that same time frame, Middle Eastern nations will have to leave all their coal reserves in the ground and the United States will have to leave 97 percent of its stores untouched.

These are the regions that truly have their work cut out for them, but this is, of course, a team effort.

Across the world, nearly 90 percent of all coal reserves will need to stay in the ground over the next three decades, including 76 percent in China and India. Any more removal than that and this combustible black rock could easily push global warming over the 1.5 degree Celsius goal, scientists warn.

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Try this technique to learn just about anything (even the complex stuff)

To continuously expand your skill set and achieve mastery over new and complex concepts, it's crucial to have a framework for conquering puzzling problems.

Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who made significant contributions in areas such as quantum mechanics and particle physics. He also pioneered quantum computing, introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He was a renowned lecturer who taught at Cornell and Caltech.

Despite all of his accomplishments, Feynman thought of himself as "an ordinary person who studied hard." He believed that anyone was capable of learning with enough effort, even complex subjects like quantum mechanics and electromagnetic fields:

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